>> a little break. a little normal. >> normal to do something like shoveling. >> right. yeah. it feels good. >> reporter: just before a blanket of snow covered up sandy's mess we found eric standing on what used to be his house. >> you're here picking up, you're looking through things. how do you begin, where do you start? >> well, i made a list of, you know, categories most important. >> what's most important? >> most important were some of the items that were given to me by my father. >> reporter: this designer with a masters in city planning zeroed in on a piece of plastic sheeting that was buried. >> the tarp, i can pick up 20 of them if i went to home depot. but that was my father's tarp so that's important. >> this was a cookie cutter, a cookie press that i made the cookies at christmas time.